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Old 10-09-2012, 09:25 PM   #1
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New here 2003 zx3 5 speed long intro :)

Name is Mark, 23, 20 month old daughter, been on car forums for years, 3 mitsubishi mirages, first one was all show no go, 2002 black autotragic, tints, system, black rims chrome lip, black halo headlights. 97 black 5 speed intake, exhaust, headers, 95 5 speed intake, most of the modded cars i have owned have been mirages. i am heavy into car audio, i love bass, i am a bass head. and i plan to put something in this car.

i come from mirageforums, dodge stratus forums, blazer forums, nissan versa forums for my parents, and a saab forum from my old saab and parents saab.

other then that i just finally got accepted to the air national guard after a year. drive my parents spare 2004 zx5 auto with 203k miles as you see in the pics. dead silent.


2003 ford focus zx3 hatch back 5 speed 104k. Work in progress, got it primered and lowered on lowering springs and blown stock struts, new Maf will be needed and cracked intake manifold. i traded a 98 5 speed golf with 113k that was a rot bucket, left rear door didn't open, power locks didn't work, needed ball joints in front, evap leak and 02 sensor for this focus.

this focus has a short shifter kit in it as well.














Here is my youtube for car audio people and wheeling people. most of my cars systems are on my page, i have a lot of videos
http://www.youtube.com/user/gaspirce...e=results_main



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Old 10-12-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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update, replaced maf sensor, taking off intake manifold tomorrow fixing crack.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:44 PM   #3
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Nice find with the Duratec in a first gen!
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:14 PM   #4
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Nice find with the Duratec in a first gen!
Thanks, so it is a duratec engine?
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YES! a rare gem actually! very nice man
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:20 PM   #6
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oh man that is awesome, I always love having way different cars then everyone else, hence my mirages and what not. I do plan to try to build this car a little bit after basic training and what not. I was told by my buddy not to turbo this motor because it and the tranny couldn't handle it, and would probably want to swap in the z-tec engine.

like in the mirages swapping in a 4g63 engine and that thing can make up to 800hp.
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I had the same exact problem as a lot of people here, i traded a rotting out 98 vw golf for my 2003 zx3 and heard the hissing, my mechanic friend sprayed the intake manifold with cleaner and heard the change in idle and thought it was thought. my other friend and I took off the manifold and saw the cracked pcv hose, so we came on here, read this thread, bought the toyota hose, and will hopefully be putting it back together today.

this is a reply to that intake hose thread. here is my work so far



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Agreed! I found out about this engine AFTER I'd already bought my Zetec...

This is the mill most of the Zetec peeps would want to start with! Great bottom end over the 2.0l.
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ah that is all good news i like to hear haha

here is the engine after i cleaned it up a bit, where the manifold sits.

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The Zetec platform is strong no doubt.. but Duratec responds sooo much better to mods.. As far as boost? it can handle it just fine dude.. IMO its all about the tuning.. any car can handle a turbo.. its the tuning that makes it last.. look around the boost section of the site and you'll see plenty different applications
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